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Poster: William Tell Date: May 22, 2014 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Yup; a good one...I love how they interview so MANY rock stars and they all agree: he had timing.

Seriously, all the time I've been "on" about CREAM round here, I think most everyone, having watched this, would agree that the adoration borders on that rec'd by Jimi...I think that's a fair assessment; you are hard pressed to find such consistent critical acclaim. I loved Stew Copeland: rhythm used to be "...tink..da tink..disssh; tink..da tink..disssh" and then Baker came along and it was "ka BOOM/boom, duh BOOM/boom ba-boomBOOM" (which can only be understood by watching/hearing it!!) .

It is shocking how universal it seems to be for Baker.

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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: May 24, 2014 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Right after I watched it, I saw him play in Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis at Iridium. They oddly ran the trailer for the doc on screens before he came out, and he was selling copies of it, so the crowd got into his legend and some consciously tried to anger him. It worked, and it's much less fun to see him get riled up in person than on film. Walked off at one point, citing pain and rage, and kept telling everyone their job was to shut up and listen, because he was sick of having to play for them as a dying old man.

He can still play, though, even if in short bursts and without joy. He genuinely seemed to be in a lot of pain throughout, and had breathing issues. And it must really suck that people still ask for Cream tunes (who yells for Sunshine of Your Love at a jazz show?). Great drum duels with his conga player, throughout.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 25, 2014 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Yeah, I saw him a few months back as well...much better (his health) the night I saw him, but your description is largely on target. Poor old guy....yes, though, he can still play.